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Report | InsideSchools

By Clara Hemphill, Lydie Raschka and Nicole Mader

The City can do much more to foster economic integration of elementary schools than the small scale efforts it has made to date. That’s the conclusion of our new report, Five Steps to Integrated Schools, based on our visits to 150 schools across the city over the past two years.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has suggested that school segregation is intractable because it is largely a result of housing patterns, that is, that schools are segregated because housing is.  And Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has said she favors “organic” or voluntary school integration efforts. 



Making a List, Checking It Twice: Recent Books from The New School Community

We share a far-from-exhaustive collection of intriguing works published during the past 12 months by members of the New School community. They caught our attention, and might merit yours, too.


The Fierce Urgency of Now: Five Steps to Integrate New York City Elementary Schools

By Clara Hemphill, Lydie Raschka, and Nicole Mader

In the past year, New York City officials have taken small steps to ease racial and economic integration of enrollment in several dozen of the city’s 955 public elementary schools. In August, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised a “bigger vision” focused on such efforts. To date, however, his administration has yet to come up with a plan for larger-scale efforts to diversify enrollment among the city’s notoriously segregated schools.



Report | Education

Integrated Schools in a Segregated City: 
Ten strategies that have made New York City elementary schools more diverse

By Clara Hemphill, Nicole Mader and InsideSchools Staff

The staff of InsideSchools visited 80 elementary schools to find out how some formerly high-poverty schools have succeeded in attracting children from a range of races, ethnicities and income levels.